POEMS OVER 50 YEARS – Book review on “Maruteeyam”

The book is an anthology of poems penned by eminent writer, actor and litterateur Gollapudi Maruthi Rao over fifty years. In varied moods, flavours and moments, they capture the poets’ mindset. Being familiar with almost all the literary genres and cultural trends, Maruthi Rao is uniquely positioned to comment on society and life in contemporary society. Though Telugu people have long been familiar with Maruthi Rao as a playwright, dialogue writer and scriptwriter for films, columnist, television show host, this book introduces readers to the poet in him. The poems reflect his democratic and humanist leanings, as well as his love for Telugu culture. Take for instance his poem Sampadakuniko lekha , in which the poet writes to an editor seeking his help in tracing out the missing young girl ‘Vibhava’ (name of the year) who may have got lost in the concrete jungle and cannot find her way back as she cant see any of the familiar signs and landmarks –mango trees, the muggu in front of the houses! The collection poems on Love, Hospitals, Spring, Ugadi, Freedom, Flowers, Songs. Maruthi Rao has also attempted some Haikus.

-The Hindu, 15th Mar 2013

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Excerpts from the book “Seshendra Sharma – A Poetic Legend”

Seshendra Sharma – A Poetic Legend” is a book containing articles, poems on reputed Telugu poet Seshendra Sharma. The book was edited by Dr. V. Kondala Rao.
The following are the excerpts from the book.

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Reading Seshendra, one always felt that he belonged to the “Pristine Nature” – to the trees, birds, rivers, valleys, oceans, meadows, greeneries, landscapes and to abundant sunshine, breeze and the shade of the shady trees which he liked, nay loved, admired and adored. To him, the tree represented the true spirit of man, so much so, he said “Man is the walking tree whose roots have changed into legs” and lamented “Had I remained a tree, I could have had a spring every year, having become a man I have lost all the springs on earth”.

He was always on his wings to fly and float in the firmament of ‘charm’ and the ‘charming’. Though bodily he lived in Hyderabad, by spirit he was always attuned to Nature. One felt as though he used to have a regular dialogue with all the species in nature. That way, he was basically an aesthetic poet who belonged to ‘Nature’ like WordsWorth, Shelley, Keats, Emily Dickinson. His eyes always searched for something new in nature and also in man’s nature. God bequeathed rare eyes to him to see and say about them uniquely and unconventionally. His distinction was in seeing the things differently. Things to him were not things but oceans with oceanic meanings. He angled for them with his poetic skill. He was a very conscious, cultivated cultured poet. He was of the firm view, nay, of conviction that a poet should first of all write poetry before all else, call it an idea or an ideology. Ideas and ideologies are only secondary to poetry according to him. He vehemently and vociferously stated that the “ideas and ideologies are for the sake of poetry, poetry is not for the sake of ideas and ideologies”. That is why, he can’t be categorized as an ideological poet in the ‘political sense’ but as an idealistic poet in the ‘Poetic Sense’ as he belonged to the “School of Alankara Poets”, that too as has already been said to the school of “New Alankara Poets”.

He was basically an “Aesthetic Poet”. He could not help being so as a lover of “beauty” and the “beautiful”. Even when he wrote progressive poetry, he embellished it with “Alankara” to convert it into alankara poetry. He wrote his whole poetry in the ‘alankara form’ but not making it abstruse, unintelligible or obscure. He wrote even Krodha”(anger) in “Rasa”. He stressed that whatever you wish to say you have to say it in ‘Rasa’ but not reduce it to ‘Neerasa’. Noise doesn’t make poetry according to him but ‘voice’. Even a staunch leftist poet of Kerala – Panikkar has Late once said that whether a poet writes on a ‘public theme’ or a ‘private theme’ he should write it in a ‘private voice’ meaning thereby, that poetry should be like an ‘echo’ but not like a ‘sound’.

Seshendra was not only a “New Look Poet” but also a “New Outlook Poet”. He gave not only newness to ‘form’ but also newness to ‘norm’.

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Cryptic and Candid Poetry

“KundilO Marrichettu” is an anthology of poems by Vinnakota Ravi Sankar. This book contains 29 poems. As brilliantly pointed out in his foreward by Mr. Ismail, these poems reflect the life experiences which are the summary of humanity.

Let us introduce some of the poems from this book:

Holi (హోళీ, the festival of colors): The poet compares the men playing with colors on the occasion of Holi festival while shedding all their inhibitions and reaching out themselves with that of trees blooming with flowers after shedding leaves in autumn.

Udayaalu (ఉదయాలు, Mornings): The poet used very small words to convey beautiful feelings in this poem. The poem describes the way hope and despair plays with humans. The poem states that the dreams are beautiful illusions, whereas life is a tough reality.

KundilO Marrichettu (కుండీలో మర్రిచెట్టు, Bonsai): The poet laments that the men turned the huge Banyan tree which is used to expand and branch out in a large space into a Bonsai. He feels that somebody robbed off its full life. The inner meaning of the poem is that man does everything for his own sake, and makes others believe that it is beneficial to them only.

Nidranubhavam (నిద్రానుభవం, Sleep Experience): The poem describes the difference between the people who get sleep easily and those who do not get sleep at all. The poem goes with simple words that have profound meaning.

Ramapa Sarasu (రామప్ప సరస్సు, Ramappa Lake): The poem was written in memory of a friend who is gone forever. The Ramappa Lake is beautiful and wild, the poet reminisces.

Gnapakam (జ్ఞాపకం, Memory): The poem is on those people who are close to us, yet been ignored by us. Though the poet wrote this on his mother, we can apply the same to the people whom we ignore. This poem is useful to revisit the relations.

Transition (ట్రాన్సిషన్): The poem mirrors human life. Life is losing some and gaining some. Getting rid of some relations and adding new relations. The poem tried to imply that the human life as a whole is transition.

Gaayam(గాయం, Wound): The poem states that there is no remedy to the situation wherein humanity is transplanted and complacency implanted. The poem indirectly questions the deficiencies of medical profession.

Bhopal (భోపాల్): The background of this poem is the gruesome accident at Union Carbide Factory. The poem describes the trauma of a mother, who could not save her child. The readers mind becomes numb after reading the poem.

Sivakasi (శివకాశి): The poem is written on those child laborers who strain their life to make others enjoy the fireworks and the light. The poet used very small words to display the scene at a crackers factory.

Glasnost (గ్లాస్‌నోస్త్): The poem talks of the reforms of erstwhile Soviet Union. All the greatness that people assumed of Russia was not true, says the poet.

MoLI (మోళీ, Rope dance): The poem mentions the violence on women in homes. The poet says that the family life is a rope dance for man and to make others believe that the game is going on well, man uses domestic violence as a weapon.

Duram (దూరం, Distance): The poem talks of the distance between friends. With the passing of time, even the thickest friendship gets diluted and the close friends too, have to reintroduce themselves, opines the poet. However, the old memories are not faded away easily.

The book has some more interesting poems and available with Kinige in digital form. Price is Rs.30/- Get your copy to read and enjoy cryptic and candid poetry.

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Tanikella Bharani’s name requires no introduction as drama writer, movie writer and as an actor.
Parikini is a collection of Telugu poems written by this multi-talented personality.
All the poems in this collection reflect the middle class life and describe it exquisitely.
The mismatched compatibility between middle class people’s earnings and necessities are described commendably in this collection.
The following lines from the poem ‘మధ్యతరగతి మహారాజు’ is a evidence for the middle class’s gap between incomes and expenses and their wait for the first day of the month to get salaries.
“విరబోసుకున్న జటాజూటం లాంటి బెంగ
అందులో నెలవొంక లాగ
లీలగ మెరిసే ఫస్టు తారీఖు!”
Bharani not only mentions the problems faced by the middle class people, but also gives a touch of humor to the difficulties in preparing Avakaya, one of the favorite pickles of Telugu people. Read following lines from ‘ఖారం… ఖారంగా’ poem.
” నువ్వుల నూనె కన్నా, ‘ O ‘ నెగటివ్ చౌక!
ఊహల్ని తుంచుకోడమో
ఉల్లిపాయల్ని నంజుకోడమో…. మంచిది”
The very idea of ‘O’ negative blood is cheaper than the oil required for the Avakaya, brings smiles on the reader’s faces.
‘ 30 – ఫస్ట్ నైట్ ‘ is an quintessence for the whole life of middle class people.
The plight of eligible girls who are not getting marriage alliances(due to financial problems) narrated in the poem “కన్య – కుమారి ” makes the readers heart heavy.
The poem titled “గ్రాడ్యుయేట్ “shows how an unemployed youth realizes that it is his fault for not getting a job, and it is not the society’s wrong.
‘ మా ఆవిడకి మంత్రాలొచ్చు!! ‘poem reveals graciously the multi-roles donned by a woman in a family.
“పరికిణీ!!” the poem, whose title is taken as the title for the whole collections should be read and enjoyed and there is no need to write about it here.
On the whole, Parikini is a nice read, and the readers will cherish the poems which make them to contemplate on their own lives and the lives of others.
This book is available in digital format with KINIGE.
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– Soma Sankar Kolluri

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Manchi pustakam – ‘Kotaiah Kattina Illu’ Book introduction

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This colorful book ‘Kotaiah kattina illu’ contains 16 pages with beautiful pictures and beautiful Telugu rhyming words. It is specially designed by ‘Manchi pustakam’ for 0-6 years kids. This book is inspired by  ‘This is  the house that Jack built’ .This book is now available on Kinige only for 30Rs.

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MO’s ‘Nishadam’ Telugu Poetry book introduction

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‘Nishadam’ book is a collection of poems written by famous Telugu poet Mohan Prasad Vegunta popularly known as ‘MO’ This book is now available on kinige. These poems are popular and appeared in many magazines, news-papers and won awards.

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